Saturday, May 28, 2016

Gyeongju Travel (1) : Anapji & Kyochon Village

I went to visit Gyeongju for traveling by the end of last month. I've always wanted to visit Gyeongju since this place still has lots of ancient treasure which is being left behind by the Silla Dynasty. I reached this place around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, so before going to the tourist attraction places, I went to the nearest downtown to see what kind of downtown do Gyeongju has!
International Friendship Exhibition Center @ Gyeongju Downtown
I intentionally didn't eat any lunch so that we can try out Gyeongju's specials but I regretted my decision as soon as my stomach feel hungry. Gyeongju is definitely not a place for those who love culinary travel since there's not much nice food you can try in this area. After sometimes, I finally decided to try out one of the specialty (it's not exactly gyeongju's specialty but Busan's) food they have here which is Milmyeon.
Milmyeon @ Gyeongju
Then I went to Anapji, the nearest tourist attraction around my hotel, since it's getting late so it's a better idea to choose somewhere close rather than going to somewhere far away. Oh, the bus to Anapji area is quite easy to catch on, since there's lots of number of buses which go on to that route. But, one thing that I found out is that the bus fare in this small city is even more expensive compare to the fare in Seoul. >.<
Anapji Main Gate Area

Anapji Pond Area

Anapji Pond Area
To describe this place in a more bad-ass way, this place is the 'HOTTEST' night club during Silla Period. Here is where the crown prince and some aristocrats of corrupted Silla period love to get drunk, drowning animals, and having free s*x with some high class prostitutes. But of course, they're giving them a more beautiful name, trying to cover up for some black history they had in past, so the Koreans rename this as Donggung Palace (Crown Prince Palace) and Wolji Pond.

There are some exhibitions of ancient relics left since the Silla period, and then once you walked down the lane you will get to here... ^^

Main View for Anapji
Once you get into this place, the first thing come in mind will be, "What the hell?! There's nothing special about this place?" Reason is since Anapji is more popular for it's night view compare to day view, therefore, once you're here it is recommended to wait until 7 p.m. then the paranomic view of this place will getting better and better.

The above pictures are those taken around 7 p.m not long after the light was turn on, but if you're patient enough to wait for another 15 minutes and once the sky is getting darker, then you'll can have this amazing view just in front of your eyes~!!
Once you get out of Anapji and go across the street and to the left, walk for around 15 ~ 20 minutes then you'll get yourself at Kyochon Village. Though it is not recommended to walk at night, since the road leading to Kyochon Village itself is super dark and silent and you can't see anyone at all. No one would be able to find you if something bad happened around here. >.< Just across the Kyochon Village you will be able to see this bridge which should be one of the tourist attraction as well, but it is now closed for renovation so you'll only be able to see it from far far away.
In Kyochon Village, I found this cute little restaurant where it gives off an ancient style restaurant. Even the song being played inside is those from ancient time. This place is called Pung Rak, and I think the makkeoli here is so damn nice, though the food is just so-so. >.<

The makkeoli was really delicious though there's nothing special with the food. --.--"
the not so delicious kimchi pancake... >.<

the super delicious makkeoli
And the last stop for my destination of the day is Cheomsongdae which is also an ancient building during Silla Dynasty use to observe stars and sky. I would like to recommend all of you to come to this place twice, reason is the morning view and the night view gives off a really different vibe. In the morning, you can see colorful flowers (of course this only happen if you come during Spring) while at night, the cheomsongdae looks more beautiful rather than looking at it during the day.
@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy Chappy Semiyak Bali~

Still rambling on a late post on my last vacation to Bali~ ^^ One of the restaurant I got to try around is a restaurant owned by Happy Salma's husband which is known as Happy Chappy, located in the center of Seminyak area. The decoration was super unique, and it makes you feel like having a meal in a high class restaurant in a ancient China period. =) 
As soon as we get into the restaurant, there is this Buddha statue, which symbolize happiness and prosperity, welcoming us. And the rest of the restaurant decoration is super oriental.

And they have a separated Bar corner in the end side of the restaurant which has a slightly longer business hour time compare to the restaurant. Restaurant closed at around 11~11 30 pm, while the Bar section closed at around 1 ~ 2 am.
In this restaurant which gives off oriental vibe, of course they would sell Chinese dishes. The first thing to order is the very basic kind but delicious dimsum menu, which is Siomay and Hakaw. I never been able to have a decent dimsum in Korea, so the dimsum here taste super nice for my taste bud since it's been a long time to have some decent Chinese stuff.

Up next is xiao long bao~!! Which filled with crab and pork meat (if I remember correctly) lolz~ and the color of the skin is red. Although I still think that the xiao long bao I had in Singapore years ago in Tanjong Pagar Area is the best one I've ever eat, but this one is not bad as well. =D

We also ordered the pork belly and chili crab, and also the steamed mantou which taste marvelous together with the chili crab sauce. =)

Since we've eaten a lot during the day time, we were actually planning to let go of the dessert menu, but still...!!! We cannot resist this 2 kind of dessert just by looking at the menu's name. The first one is the banana roll, while the other one is the apple nutella~! 

@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng

Friday, May 13, 2016

Jamie Oliver Bali

Just in case you don't know who Jamie Oliver is, he is British celebrity chef who owns restaurants here and there, and one of them located in the paradise island of Indonesia, Bali. During my first visit to Bali few months back, I get a chance to eat in this famous chef's restaurant.

There few types of seats where you can choose to sit here. If you're okay with the hot weather of Bali and would love to enjoy the sun along with the mosquitoes then you might prefer to have an outdoor seats, there's a little bar seat on the first floor and you can have a normal table seat on the second floor. And since there's 5 of us, sitting on the second floor will be more convenient for us to have a little chat while enjoying the meal.
The price of the menus here is quite reasonable. And there's a kid menu as well, if you would like to order something for your little kid to eat, and the cutest part would be there's this badge where your kid can have if he / she is eating up all of her vegetables.
This time I ordered a glass of watermelon juice for my drinks. The watermelon and orange in Bali is super sweet and delicious. >.<
The first thing to come out is the side dish we ordered, which taste quite unique. The outside is a grilled bread and they got something like corn paste inside of the bread. Thing is the corn paste taste a little bit too flavorless for me, but when you dip the thing into the chili sauce it taste just nice. =)
Next is the mushroom pizza. At first I thought that since it is called 'mushroom' pizza, the 'mushroom' smell will be too strong so that it will smell slightly smelly ( I love mushrooms, but i HATE the smell the mushroom ). But, there's not even a little bit scent of the mushrooms topping. And it taste like 8.5 out of 10. LOLZ!
We ordered 2 types of pastas, cream pasta and the tomato pasta...

Both of them taste good, but I still prefer the crab cream pasta to shrimp tomato pasta. The crab cream pasta is a little bit spicy, so the cream didn't taste too creamy inside of your mouth. And there's like a whole bunch of crab meat and flesh in the pasta, which makes it taste a little bit sweet and rich in taste. The shrimp tomato pasta taste good as well, but it's just our ordinary tomato pasta where you can find almost everywhere. =)

@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fire Restaurant at W Hotel Bali~

Biarpun saya orang Indonesia, saya belum pernah sekali pun menginjakkan kaki saya di Bali, padahal kata orang-orang di sekitarku Bali merupakan salah satu surga buat pecinta wisata kuliner. Tetapi di bulan lalu, setelah berhenti dari pekerjaan lamaku, akhirnya saya mendapatkan kesempatan juga buat wisata kuliner di Bali. ^^ Salah satu tempat makan yang kukunjungi adalah restoran bernama Fire yang terletak di W Hotel Bali.
Tempat makan yang menjual berbagai jenis makanan fusion ala Barat ini ditata sedemikian rupa dengan nuansa hitam-merah, dan terletak menghadap ke arah kolam renang W Hotel yang juga langsung nyambung ke daerah pantai, membuat kita bisa menikmati makanan enak sambil menikmati pemandangan indah di balik meja tanpa harus terjemur matahari. LOLZ

Karena saya datang di jam nanggung, sekitar jam setengah 3 sore, restoran ini engga banyak dipenuhi pengunjung, jadi kita bisa duduk santai sambil memperhatikan kolam renang yang super ramai dan dipenuhi oleh turis dari berbagai macam negara.

Jus semangka + jeruk yang adem untuk mengobati rasa dahaga di tengah panasnya udara Bali. Dan sebelum makanan yang kami pesan disajikan, restoran Fire di Bali ini juga menghidangkan hidangan pembuka berupa potongan roti dan mentega yang terlihat keras dari depan, tetapi terasa lembut dan langsung meleleh begitu masuk ke dalam mulut.

Bahkan sebelum makanan utama dihidangkan, saya sudah merasa kekenyangan akibat tidak bisa berhenti mengkonsumsi roti yang super wuenak ini. ^^ Hidangan sampingan yang dipesan adalah kentang goreng dan calamari.

Kentang goreng yang disajikan tidak begitu asin, tetapi karena saya merupakan seorang penggemar kentang goreng yang berasa agak tawar, rasa kentang goreng di sini terasa cukup dan cocok di lidah. =D Tetapi buat pecinta rasa asin, anda tidak perlu khawatir karena mereka juga menyediakan garam dan saos kentang goreng.

Sedangkan untuk calamari goreng mereka, walaupun calamarinya sendiri terasa biasa saja, tetapi saus yang disajikan bersamaan dengan calamari membuatnya memiliki cita rasa sendiri yang unik.

Dan seperti yang bisa di lihat di atas, pizza daging sapi yang dipesan keluar dengan berbagai pilihan bumbu yang ditata rapi di bagian bawah pan pizza. Ada olive oil, serbuk cabe, serbuk keju, saus sambal, dan sebagainya. Setelah mencoba berbagai macam saus cocolan yang disediakan, serbuk cabe + serbuk keju merupakan paduan yang paling saya senangi. ^^v Dan setelah nyaris 2 jam lamanya duduk di restoran ini sambil menikmati makanan sedap, kini waktunya untuk kembali ke tempat penginapan dan tidur lelap sampai waktu makan malam tiba.

@ Seoucial / Inggrid Ng